Who may bring a class action?

A class action can be brought by anyone who has individual standing (that is, has been harmed or injured by a particular person or entity in violation of a law or laws) and, in general, who has claims that are typical of other class members, has no conflicts of interest with other class members, and has retained competent, experienced counsel.  The class representative must be knowledgeable about the lawsuit, available to consult with his or her attorneys regarding the status of the case, and be available to execute affidavits and appear at deposition or trial if required.